The AFC West just got a little tougher or a little easier for receivers, depending on who you believe.
That's how mixed the reviews are from league insiders on the Raiders' recent acquisition of
"He's a talented guy who gives them some plays, but he doesn't play smart at times," one NFC personnel exec said. "He gives up some plays to guys who shouldn't beat him." Others echoed that sentiment, saying the former first-round pick is an "overrated" cover corner who fails to play at an elite level consistently.
However, given Hall's age (24) and potential, the deal should be considered a bargain under the terms of the agreement. In exchange for a second- and sixth-round pick, the Raiders get a corner who is suited to
"The move is a very aggressive play by the Raiders, but it gives them two top notch players at the corner in the prime of their careers," said an AFC scout. "Despite Hall's flaws, I love the way he competes against top receivers, and pairing him with
Although Fitzgerald's career production (330 receptions) dwarfs the production of Evans (233), Edwards (173) and Williams (244), their respective representatives will attempt to justify a $10 million per year salary for the each of the aforementioned trio by pointing to Pro Bowl appearances and their current status as No.1 receivers on their teams.
"The most productive of those guys is going to hit the lottery. ... With
With the kind of money that has been tossed around to several unproven receivers this offseason, teams would be wise to lock up these proven commodities before they hit the market at the end of their deals.
The Dolphins were the butt of jokes last season, and rightfully so. But after losing seven games by seven points or fewer, Miami players knew their 1-15 record wasn't as woeful as it seemed.
Special teams had a lot to do with those losses, which is why new coach
By adding experienced special teams veterans
Ginn averaged 22.3 yards on kick returns and 9.6 yards on punt returns, but was often victimized by penalties that nullified several of his big returns, including two potential touchdowns. With an improved core of special team stalwarts, Ginn should be able to provide the big play ability the Dolphins were looking for when they selected him with the ninth pick a season ago.
The new group should also improve the Dolphins' woeful coverage units. Davis, Wilford, Grisby and Perry are excellent cover guys and their tackling ability will shore up a group that yielded 9.9 on punt returns and 25.5 on kick returns last season.
Widely considered a free-agent disappointment during his four-year tenure with the Eagles, Kearse will greatly benefit from playing on the same line as Pro Bowl defenders
With the offensive attention focused on the right side of the Titans' defensive line, Kearse will have plenty of opportunities to work against single blocks on the left. The Titans don't envision Kearse as a double-digit sack artist at this stage of his career, but they are crafting a plan to maximize his skills as a rusher, including reducing his workload to keep him fresher. The Titans will also encourage him to think pass-rush first. By freeing Kearse from his run responsibilities, the Titans hope his aggressiveness will result in more sacks and pressures from the 10-year vet.
Despite languishing on the Detroit Lions bench for most of the last season,
Bell, who only rushed for 144 yards last season, reportedly fell out of favor with former offensive coordinator
Bell has rushed for over 2,500 yards in his four-year career and Lions officials are hoping his robust 4.8 yards per carry average will boost a rushing attack that has finished ranked in the bottom five of the league in three of the past five seasons.